Jul 24 2012, 4:38am
As a Roman city in Britain, such as Bath.
In that context, its destruction, followed by the movement of its peoples from a stone city to a wooden one, mirrors the movement of native Britons from "haunted" Roman cities, to wooden ones built right outside the abandoned city. This happened almost without fail in post-Roman Britain, from Bath to Londinium.
In that sense, even if the film-makers did not intend it (though I suspect Alan Lee and John Howe did), I love the parallels. Quite appropriate.
(This post was edited by Shelob'sAppetite on Jul 24 2012, 4:41am)